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US Army awarded Sierra Nevada Corp for Tactical Automated Landing System components support for the RQ-7B UAS


The US Army has awarded Sierra Nevada Corp $8.5 million for Tactical Automated Landing System components support for the RQ-7B tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS).


US Army awarded Sierra Nevada Corp for Tactical Automated Landing System components support for the RQ 7B UAS 01 Soldier performing pre-flight inspections on a RQ-7B Shadow (Picture source: US Army)


Sierra Nevada Corp., was awarded $8.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for Tactical Automated Landing System components support for the RQ-7B tactical UAS," the US Department of Defense said in a statement on March 6.

The RQ-7B UAS is used for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment. Launched from a trailer-mounted pneumatic catapult, it is recovered with the aid of arresting gear similar to jets on an aircraft carrier. Its gimbal-mounted, digitally stabilized, liquid nitrogen-cooled electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera relays video in real time via a C-band line-of-sight data link to the ground control station (GCS).

Work is expected to be completed by February 27, 2023.


US Army awarded Sierra Nevada Corp for Tactical Automated Landing System components support for the RQ 7B UAS 02 RQ-7B leaving its launcher (Picture source: US Army)